14th Biennial International Conference on Drugs, Alcohol and Society in Africa Underway

14th Biennial International Conference on Drugs, Alcohol and Society in Africa Underway

The 14th Biennial international conference on drugs, alcohol & society in Africa, dubbed “Towards the Reform of Drug Law & Policy in Africa: Research, Practice & Advocacy Considerations” is taking place in Abuja, Nigeria.

The 2-day event, held on the 26th and 27th October, has been organized by the Centre for Research and Information on Substance Abuse (CRISA), In the context of a growing demand for the modernization of the international drug control system.

Topics being discussed are, the availability of services for people who use drugs; access to treatment; drug markets in Africa; decriminalization of drug use; regulation of drugs; medicinal cannabis; harm reduction; availability of medications for the management of pain; control of prescription opioids; alcohol and tobacco policies; measuring policy effectiveness; assessment of national plans of action, and national practice guidelines; stigma; alternative development; the role of the media and civil society; gender perspectives; drugs and the legal system; and the current state of drug policy research, vulnerable populations.